Jane Ira Bloom quartet poetry improvised Jane Ira Bloom – WILD LINES – IMPROVISING EMILY DICKINSON: I must tell you up front that I believe Jane is one of the most important soprano saxophone creators on the jazz scene today… I’ve reviewed many of her albums, most recently in issue # 162, where she got very high marks from me (as always). On this new album, expected to hit the stands on September 8th, 2017, she and her quartet have accomplished even bigger marvels… just listen to the spoken-word version of “Emily & Her Atoms“, when it goes live (that should be within the next week or so; I’ll be sure to return and update the links when it’s available). Deborah Rush does the spoken-word performance, which expands the horizons of the musical performance inestimably (in event you didn’t know it, I once performed a lot of spoken-word myself).
I just LOVED Deborah’s spoken-word on “Dangerous Times“, over the thrumming beat, then with Jane’s sax weaving in full of punch to help you navigate those oh-so-dangerous avenues we all must tread in these times.
From a purely musical standpoint, it is songs like “Alone & In A Circumstance“, on the first CD of the double set that will make you a believer in the importance of this great album, and of course Ms. Blooms’ powerful saxophone will make this a tune you revisit frequently (as I do).
This release shows you true talent and an energy for jazz performance seldom witnessed on the jazz scene today… in fact, my personal choice for favorite of the twenty-nine pieces offered up on the album is the most solid evidence of that… it’s the instrumental cut for “Emily & Her Atoms” that just blew me away. If you’re a big fan of saxophone-led jazz, as well as spoken-word, you MUST get this album… I give it a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 5.00… which means that Jane’s fantastic collection gets my “PICK” for best sax/spoken-word album”. You can read more information about this fascinating artist at Jane’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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